Renovated water pump improves conditions at large game area

Project Summary: The replacement of a failed pump structure at the Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in eastern Michigan has restored a large wetland, improved wildlife habitat and increased waterfowl hunting opportunities.


Project name: Nayanquing Point Coastal Wetland Project.

Location:Near Bay City, Michigan, along the coast of Saginaw Bay.

Nayanquing Point, along the shores of Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay. Photo from Michigan Sea Grant.

Nayanquing Point, along the shores of Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Photo from Michigan Sea Grant.

Description: The state of Michigan has the most Great Lakes coastline of any state, but it has lost 70 percent of its coastal wetlands over the past two centuries, according to government data. The losses are significant because wetlands filter pollutants and provide valuable habitat for fish, wildlife, insects and birds. Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in Bay County, Michigan, spans about 1,400 acres of Great Lakes coastal wetlands along Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Nayanquing Point provides valuable habitat for migratory birds that pass through the region every spring and fall. The failure of a pump structure in the wildlife area hampered the state of Michigan’s ability to control water levels to provide the maximum amount of habitat for birds. Ducks Unlimited worked with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other organizations to obtain a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant in 2010 to redesign and repair the pump structure. The project, which was completed in 2012, allows wetland managers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to manipulate water levels within a 298-acre East Marsh and on the adjacent 150-acre C Field. Those sites are managed to provide high quality waterfowl hunting opportunities.

Approximate cost of project: $192,862, which was provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Resource challenges addressed: Loss wildlife habitat in a degraded wetland.

Key partners (public and private): Ducks Unlimited, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Duck Hunters Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Types of jobs created: Engineers, plumbers and pipefitters, general laborers and biologists.

Results and accomplishments: The project provided more and better habitat for waterfowl and other wetland dependent species, and increased hunting opportunities at Nayanquing Point.

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Originally Published: December 18, 2012


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